Literary Reference Center Database


This is the Literary Reference Center database. Here you’ll find literary criticisms, biographies, reviews, and even plot summaries. To get started, you can search in this database by author or work. Or, you can enter terms in the basic search box. For this example, I’ll search for articles about the famous play “Romeo and Juliet”. This search retrieved 489 results. On the left side you can check the Full Text box to ensure all articles can be accessed. Further down the page, you will see a list of the different source types found in your search. Since the list is arranged by number of results, you may need to use the “Show More” link to view all available sources. In this search, we retrieved 331 articles from magazines. Reference Books are a mixture of the plot summaries, biographies, and literary criticism that were originally found in major reference works. You’ll notice that many of these results will overlap with the other Source Types. The reviews category gathers general reviews of books, plays, and other literary works. Often they are from non-scholarly, entertainment sources. The Literary Criticism section collects scholarly, critical essays about the author or their works. This is where you’ll find the best articles for most research papers. To limit by source, click on one or more types and then choose Update. Now our search results have been narrowed to only the 57 different literary criticism articles. Not all results are equal though. Articles noted as “Work Analysis” are generally brief critical overviews of a work. However, “Literature Criticism” denotes that the information originates from from scholarly sources. This is written by published literary experts and will provide more in-depth, academic discussion of the work.  We can take a look at one of the article’s by clicking on its title. Full text options for this article are located on the left. The PDF version will contain a scan of the original article including page numbers and images. In the center details section, you’ll find the authors of the article and the source information including the name of the book, magazine, or journal and the publication date. Because this article is from a magazine or journal, you’ll also find the volume and issue number listed followed by the page numbers. The publishing name is included
here as well. Below, the abstract provides a summary of the article’s content. This introduces the scope, thesis, and relevancy of the article. Using the tools on the right column, you can print, e-mail, or save the article. E-mailing the article has certain advantages. Let’s take look and I’ll show you why. On this page, you can send the full-text of the article to your personal or institution email. Subject and comments are optional. You can also send yourself an example citation format for the article. This includes MLA style formatting. Just be sure to compare the example with an official style guide for correct formatting.

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